Michael Grose joined the UO music faculty in 2001 as associate professor of tuba. Prior to coming to Oregon, Grose was principal tubist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and the Hilton Head Orchestra since 1990. He is currently the principal tubist of the Eugene Symphony.
Grose received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Arnold Jacobs. After graduation, he continued his private study with Jacobs until 1998.
Before assuming his position in Savannah, Grose was a tubist with Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. He has performed with the Chicago, Oregon, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Charleston, and Jacksonville symphonies, and the Boise Philharmonic. An accomplished chamber musician, Grose received the Sweepstakes Award at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, making him the first tubist to receive that prize. Grose was also a prize-winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Both awards came while he was a member of the Chicago-based Asbury Brass Quintet. A founding member of the Millar Brass Ensemble, Grose has recorded for the London/Decca and Crystal Records labels.
Additionally, his YouTube channel – TubaPeopleTV – has garnered international attention and praise for highlighting the pedagogy and professional stature of longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal tubist, Arnold Jacobs. Grose has given lectures on the pedagogy of Mr. Jacobs throughout the U.S. including Midwest International Band & Orchestra Conference, UCLA, Indiana University, Northwestern University, University of North Texas, Washington State University, and Baylor University.
Professor Grose is a member of the Oregon Brass Quintet, the faculty brass ensemble at the University of Oregon. Since coming to UO, he has developed a special website, Tuba People, to highlight UO tuba-euphonium activities, and to offer educational/pedagogical materials about the tuba and euphonium to interested students, educators, and enthusiasts.
Mr. Grose was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern University, and a faculty-artist at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.
MMus 1985, Tuba Performance, Northwestern University
BMus 1984, Tuba Performance, Northwestern University
Sweepstakes Award, 1985 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition
Prize-winner, 1985 Coleman Chamber Music Competition; Pasadena, California